Rex Ryan thinks Odell Beckham Jr. should cede the spotlight.
The boisterous former Jets coach said on ESPN’s Get Up Monday morning that Beckham was wrong to ask why the Giants weren’t attacking the Eagles’ banged-up secondary in the air. Ryan suggested it was selfish to question Pat Shurmur’s play-calling for not getting the star wide receiver more touches in the second half.
“Jump on board for once in your life,” Ryan said of Beckham.
He went on to call rookie running back Saquon Barkley the “face of the franchise,” as opposed to Beckham, who just signed a massive extension with the Giants before this season.
“Here’s the thing, you had 320 yards at halftime. You know what they should’ve done? Give the ball to the best player they’ve got, which is Saquon Barkley,” Ryan said.
On Sunday after the Giants’ 25-22 implosion to the Eagles in Philadelphia, Beckham appeared unhappy with the offensive strategy. With the Eagles missing so many key pieces in the backfield, the wide receiver was hoping to continue attacking in the second half.
Instead, he sat the first drive of the third quarter because he was dehydrated, and the little momentum the Giants had early on was slowly drained and eventually evaporated.
“Coming in, knowing that they struggled in the secondary, personally I would have loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan,” Beckham said Sunday, an apparent shot at Shurmur, who brushed off the comment the following day.
But Ryan maintained Beckham was asking the wrong questions, and that it was Barkley who should have been complaining about a lack of touches.
“The best player is Saquon Barkley, give him the ball at least 30 times a game. It’s not that hard,” Ryan said.